Fall 2004 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Videoconferencing for Disaster and Humanitarian Operations

Time 09/28/04 03:00PM-04:00PM

Session Abstract

Rumors and misinformation often cost lives and major delays in emergency response. Seeing the situation and real-time interaction allow an emergency worker to take actions with a far higher degree of confidence than from email or telephone. Being able to videoconference via high-speed networks, as from school doubling as an evacuation center to 24/7 mobile control centers can significantly enhance the efforts of hundreds of NGO's across the world. However, it is often difficult to access high-speed networks such as Internet2 during emergencies. In this talk, we will describe an ad-hoc network designed to extend Internet2 to provide coverage over an emergency area. We will describe the extensions of VSee, a multiparty videoconferencing and collaboration software system, to operate on this Internet2-enhanced emergency network. We will demonstrate how VSee can seamlessly traverse Internet2, satellite, cellular, and ad-hoc peer-to-peer WiFi networks.
In the second half of the talk, we will describe lessons learned from three actual VSee deployments. At DARPA Grand Challenge, VSee was deployed over the 150-mile desert racecourse for vehicle monitoring. At US Open Sandcastle Competition, VSee was deployed to anticipate hot spots. At Navy Strong Angel, a humanitarian exercise, VSee provided situation awareness for emergency workers.


Speaker Milton Chen Stanford University

Speaker James Davis University of California, Santa Cruz

Speaker Eric Frost San Diego State University

Speaker Bob Welty San Diego State University

Secondary tracks Advanced Applications: Case Studies of Working Applications

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